Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar/Cuttack: After ten days of Durga Puja festivities, it is now time to bid adieu to goddess Durga. Elaborate measures have been undertaken by the puja committees as well the administrations of the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for the immersion ceremony tomorrow.

In a bid to prevent water pollution, several artificial ponds have been dug up for immersion of idols. Since past few years both goddess Durga and ‘Hara Parvati’ idols are immersed in such temporary ponds to prevent pollution in water bodies.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come up with two large artificial ponds on the banks of Kuakhai and Daya rivers. Though there was also a provision for another temporary pond at Raghunathpur on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, it is yet to be finalized.

“We have made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the immersion ceremony.  We will ensure that all vehicles enter the ghats and exit smoothly after immersing the idols. Large polythene sheets will be used to ensure that polluted water doesn’t enter the river,” said the treasurer of Bhubaneswar Bhasani Suraksha Committee.

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Deputy Commissioner, Srimant Mishra informed that already awareness drives have been conducted in this regard.

“We have come up with artificial ponds, two each at Khuakhai and Daya river banks,” said Mishra.

In Cuttack, two gigantic artificial ponds have been created by the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) for the immersion ceremony which is observed in a grand manner in the millennium city. Over 160 idols in the city will be immersed in the artificial ponds at Debigada, official sources said.

Meanwhile, Commissionerate Police has also beefed up security in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar for the immersion ceremony.